22 October 2008

Helping Veterans At Work

(NAPSI)-A unique program helps employers support returning service members who are coping with two increasingly common battlefield injuries--Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which are expected to affect hundreds of thousands of veterans as they return to civilian life. The program, called America's Heroes at Work, equips employers and workforce development professionals with tools and promising practices to help employees with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace.

Symptoms of TBI or PTSD range from headaches and vertigo to short-term memory deficits--however, most can be addressed through simple workplace supports. Dispelling the myths about TBI and PTSD, the program offers a variety of educational resources for employers including fact sheets, Web-based training tools, presentations and a toll-free help line offering personalized assistance (800-526-7234). The initiative is managed by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Veterans' Employment and Training Service. For more information, visit www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov.

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